Birmingham’s new Poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate announced

Birmingham’s new Poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate announced

Richard O’Brien has been named as the new Birmingham Poet Laureate during a National Poetry Day event held at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire at Birmingham City University this evening (4 October).

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Richard, a lecturer in Shakespeare and Creativity at the University of Birmingham, becomes Poet Laureate for 2018-20, succeeding poet Matt Windle.

Aliyah Begum, 15, from Acocks Green was also announced as the 14th Young Poet Laureate during tonight’s event. Aliyah, a Year 11 pupil at King Edward VI High School, succeeds Nyanda Foday, will hold this title for two years.

During their tenure, both Poet Laureates will produce new poems and work to promote poetry across the city, as part of the scheme run by the Library of Birmingham.

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